Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! What a beautiful day I’m viewing outside my window this morning…as the sunshine of God’s presence is shining brightly through the snow! As we begin this time together today, I pray that we will always find the strength to face life for what it really is; that we may truly come to experience a God that is greater than anything that may attempt to bring us down…Amen!!
There is one thing in my life that I have truly come to learn over the years…and that is to always face reality, for what it really is…and why…because there was a time in my life, when I didn’t do that…and the result brought about a lot of deep heartache.
You know…as I’ve been thinking on this today; I was also reminded, as to how we find it easier to build walls around us, rather than dealing with what stands before us. In other words…we seem to find it easier to close ourselves within a world of our own…one, where we can determine what will happen…and one where we can protect ourselves from being hurt any further; but while we may be considering this, we also need to remember that living in an unreal world takes a lot of work…and it only keeps us distant from the One who can truly become the cure to what is really ailing us.
A Bible verse that Jesus has used so many times in my life is found in Philippians 4:8 and we read… “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” In other words…Jesus is longing for us to focus on the things that are true, honest, just and pure; and even more…the things that are of good report.
What happens when we don’t live with reality? The thing that I have come to see through my own experience; is that I continually had to work hard, to keep the world alive that I had created for myself; but where does that take us…it takes us into a world, where we work on our own, while leaving Jesus out…a world where we only attempt to trust ourselves, rather than the One who can fix what has been broken. Yes…we may find this world to be a safe world; but the question we need to ask ourselves is this… “How can Jesus help us, when we aren’t living in the world where He can be found?”
One thing that became an eye opening experience between me and Jesus, while trying to live in an unreal world; was where it says in Philippians 4:9… “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” It was at that time in my life, when I truly came to see that my own unreal world had no peace; because I was putting my own ways into practice, rather than what Jesus longed to teach me. Once I came to truly see what I was doing to myself; that is when a 360 degree turn took place in my life…and from there, I longed to learn even more, as to how Jesus could continue to free me from this unreal and tiresome world that I had been caught up in, for so many years of my life.
Now…as I put Jesus’ ways into practice each day; I find that I no longer have to keep working to keep something unreal alive…and even more, I find that I have truly come to see that I can humble myself before Christ and lay myself at the feet of One, who can truly help me to live in a world of reality with Him.
No matter what you may be facing today; don’t try to keep these painful moments away, by building a world of your own; but rather, fall before the feet of One, who can keep you in a world with Him…one that can bring peace, even while facing reality…Amen!
Have a very blessed day and I will see ya soon!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain